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Community Wide Garage Sale

What does everyone think about a community wide garage sale in late March?  I could post signs around the surrounding communities and see if the other communities are interested.  Maybe put it in the Sunday paper the week before and let the individuals selling their house get with the realtors and letting them do some advertising as well?? Maybe get with a local vendor and let them set up in the park and radio station? Any thoughts?

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10 Responses to “Community Wide Garage Sale”

  1. Mark says:

    That’s a really interesting idea, and the items you named seem to be the right things to do to make it happen… Do we have some people reading this blog who might be interested in helping Heidi with some of the logistics for this? Maybe one of our residents has “inside” contacts with a local radio station who might be willing to set up a van or something.

    As of this moment, the HOA does not have any specific policies regarding block parties or mega-yard-sales, so this falls under the category of “if residents want to do it, that’s fine”.

    I’ll drop a line to the other Board members to see if (a) we are legally OK to spend money on the advertising, and (b) if the budget will allow for it. If not, we’ll kick the idea around to see what we might be able to do.

    Great idea!!

    Mark Racicot
    Secretary, Orchards HOA

  2. Laura & Joe Kohr says:

    I would love to help organize it.

  3. Heidi says:

    Thank you Laura. I’ll print out a sign and put on the mail boxes this weekend for interested parties to goto the blog and let us know if the are interested, unless you can think of a better way. (with instructions on how to get into the blog.

  4. chris says:

    When are you thinking to have the sale? March 13/14 is the start of APS Spring Break – that should be enough time to get the word out and get ready… maybe we could have it then??

    I’d be happy to put an ad in Craig’s List.

    And it would be so cool to get more people using the blog!! :)

  5. Laura & Joe Kohr says:

    Heidi, I think that will work just fine, everybody goes to them! I’ll email Chris with my phone number and he can give it to you.

  6. chris says:

    Heidi, which weekend in March were you thinking?
    :)

  7. Mark says:

    It is now Feb. 28th. If we are going to do this on the weekend of March 13/14, we need to get the word out this week. This is a community-driven event, not a Board-sponsored event. I encourage someone (Heidi?) to begin organizing for the event – getting ads in whatever papers, maybe someone with an internal contact at a radio or TV station…

    Is there a plan if weather should prevent the sale? Will that be part of any advertising? Right now, weather folks aren’t showing a guess on that weekend, but highs are traditionally in the low 60’s at that time of the month.

    Also, I hope to have an answer on getting reimbursements from the HOA for the cost of an ad – no word on that yet, but if you want to and need to, I’d recommend doing it at the risk of not being reimbursed. Perhaps residents can chip in if the current budget won’t allow for it.

    More to come.

    Mark Racicot
    Secretary, The Orchards HOA

  8. Mark says:

    Heidi — IMPORTANT NEWS! The Board has approved reimbursement of UP TO $50 for the expenses incurred in placing an ad in the newspaper to advertise the Community Yard Sale. To claim your reimbursement, please submit a copy of the receipt to enTurst, and they will cut a check to you for the expense, up to $50.

    Please post if you have any questions!

    Mark Racicot
    Secretary, The Orchards HOA

  9. Mark says:

    Also, we need confirmation of the final date to hold the sale, since we’ll need to program the gates to stay open during the sale… Can someone (Heidi again?) get that posted here? Thanks!

    Mark Racicot
    Secretary, The Orchards HOA

  10. Mark says:

    Heidi-

    I got your message about the dates for the sale. First things first…as for the date, it isn’t really up to us (the Board) to say when to do it. This should be community-driven. So, you can talk to some neighbors to see when is best, or you can just decide, post fliers, and we’ll see what happens. I know that whatever date you pick, my household will probably be out there with you – so at least one other person will be at the sale. :) Getting community involvement isn’t easy, but to be successful, it will take a bit of talking by the person setting it up.

    Chris offered March 13/14 since that begins APS spring break, but we could also argue that 20/21 would work for people returning from spring break, too. Also, Laura and Joe seemed interested in participating.

    Sorry you are having trouble with posting. If you can include some details (error messages you may see, the version of the browser you are using), maybe we can help troubleshoot. To find the browser version, click on HELP then ABOUT (the name of the browser) and in the window that pops up, you’ll see a version number. If you don’t see a HELP menu, tap the ALT key on your keyboard and one should appear. Send that in to the same e-mail address and Chris or I can try to help out…

    Mark Racicot
    Secretary, The Orchards HOA

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